ENGIE’s businesses in Algeria

ENGIE has been active in Algeria since the early 60’s, mainly through Exploration-Production of natural gas and long term agreement for Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) businesses. More recently, the Group has confirmed its engagement for sustainable development by developing a wide range of energy efficiency services and environmental solutions through Cofely Algeria, ENGIE Fabricom, ENGIE INEO and ENGIE AXIMA.

Natural Gas and LNG

Supply and distribution agreement

ENGIE has long-standing relations with Algeria, especially through its 50 years cooperation with Sonatrach.

Liquefied Natural Gas is the main activity of ENGIE in Algeria, where the Group is the largest buyer of LNG and the 3rd largest client of Sonatrach.  ENGIE has long term LNG contracts with Sonatrach representing 8.5 bcm/year, as well as a long-term agreement for gas pipeline delivery via Medgas amounting to 1bcm/year.

Exploration & Production of natural gas

  • ENGIE is present in E&P through the Touat and Sud-Est Illizi projects.

A production-sharing agreement with Sonatrach was signed for the Touat region in southwest Algeria, in the Sahara desert. An exploration and appraisal campaign was carried out between 2003 and 2007, confirming the presence of a quantity of natural gas sufficient to plan the field’s development. This development, launched in 2011, calls for the drilling of 41 production wells spread across ten deposits. Over the course of the project, nearly 4,000 people will take part in building the facilities. Nearly 550 people will oversee operations through 270 rotating positions. The proven and probable reserves are 68.5 billion m3 of natural gas and 8.5 million barrels of condensates. Production should start in 2017 for a period of 27 years. Expected output is 4.5 billion m3 of gas and 630,000 barrels of condensates per year in the plateau phase.

Located in the country’s southeast corner, near the border with Libya, the Sud-Est Illizi project is operated by Repsol Exploración Argelia SA (52.5%), along with its partners Enel Trade SPA (27,5%), ENGIE E&P (20%), in association with Sonatrach which will own a 51% share during development and production phase. Launched in 2010, the project entered its third and last exploration phase in May 2015 and drilled so far nine wells.


Energy efficiency services

  • ENGIE (Cofely ALGERIA)

COFELY ALGERIA was created in Algiers in 2015 as a local company for the development of energy services, facility management and multi-technical engineering activities for tertiary and industrial clients such as CEVITAL , multi-technical maintenance contracts for malls (Bouira, Mostagnanem and Ain Defla), KPMG headquarters in Algiers, …

  • Cofely FABRICOM

Head office: Algiers (since 2008)/ branch office : Oran (since 2010).  Local staff : 13

Fabricom International Operations is active in Algeria since 1994.

Cofely Fabricom has been working with considerable success in the Oil & Natural Gas sector in North Africa with Sonatrach, Sonelgaz and its subsidiaries in Algeria for nearly 20 years. This collaboration involved projects such as those at Arzew, Skikda, Ghardaia, In Amenas and Hassi R’Mel.

In 2008, Cofely Fabricom opened an office in Oran in the heart of the country’s petroleum and natural gas region in order to raise the number of Algerian and other companies it can serve with particular emphasis on industrial maintenance and large-scale projects.

Cofely Fabricom has won contracts for the construction of two new gas turbine power plants at El Golea and In Amenas.

The company is currently turning its attention to EPC projects where it can offer added value based on automation systems and networks solutions, SCADA and remote field assistance and telecommunications. Two other promising sectors concern the 200 and 400 kV electrical substations and the development of mid-sized gas power stations. In an effort to expand its geographic reach, Cofely Fabricom is now screening various opportunities in Morocco as well.



  • El Golea gas turbine power plant (40 MW): Global project and Construction Management as subcontractor for Turbomach. Installation is now fully operational. {picture : El Golea gas turbine power plant -1}
  • The Amenas gas turbine power plant (30 MW) : installation of six gas turbines for Turbomach
  • Re-instrumentation & automation of the Naftec Arzew The contract is signed in partnership with Honeywell Belgium, the main contractor {picture : Naftec Refinery – reinstrumentation & automation}
  • Scada Gazoduc Arzew – Hassi R’Mel: Collaboration with ABB on the West Gazoduc of Sonatrach (automation works only).
  • Samsung Naama power plant 1300MW: execution of the E&I works will soon begin
Naftec Arzew

ENGIE INEO is present in Algeria since 2000 through Cofely INEO Engineering & Systems which performed multi-technical projects in the country. In the past years, Cofely INEO executed telecom and security systems contracts for various clients (Conoco Philips, Sonatrach-Agip, Total– Sonatrach). In the recent past ENGIE INEO has been also involved in the urban transport sector.

ENGIE INEO plans to set a local subsidiary to develop activities in urban transport systems management and related information systems for the passengers of tram and buses.

Ongoing project :

 Urban transport : 1st tram line in Sidi Bel Abbes .  Procurement contract (passengers  information  management  system)  as subcontractor of the Turkish company Yapi Merkezi

  • ENGIE Axima 

 ENGIE Axima is actively prospecting different business development opportunities in the fields of HVAC, fluids, refrigeration and firefighting.

Targets are as follows:

  • Healthcare (HVAC and firefighting): hospitals and pharmaceutical industries
  • Food industry (refrigeration, HVAC and firefighting) : breweries, dairy factories, abattoirs…
  • Energy (HVAC and firefighting) : power plants, dams
  • Data centers (HVAC and firefighting)

Ongoing projects and references :

  • Lafarge (industry)
  • Bel factory (food industry)
  • Boutlelis power plant (energy)
  • Simap (pharmaceutical industry)
  • Sanofi (pharmaceutical industry)

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